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April 20, 2005

The Downward Spiral

Here are Tom Tomorrow's thoughts about Time's Ann Coulter cover story.

Also, Billmon has some useful historical perspective on Time.

Posted at April 20, 2005 08:39 AM | TrackBack

I found Coulter's comments shocking. Just shocking. Then I tried to figure out WHY I still find her shocking after all her bullshit, and I don't have an answer.

Posted by: Elayne at April 20, 2005 12:33 PM

I think we should always be shocked when prominent people blithely joke about the death of others, no matter how many times they've done it before.

For instance, you may remember when Thomas Friedman wrote this in 1999 as we bombed Serbia:

"It should be lights out in Belgrade: every power grid, water pipe, bridge, road and war-related factory has to be targeted. You want 1950? We can do 1950. You want 1389? We can do 1389 too."

Ha ha ha! Ah, that's witty.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 20, 2005 12:59 PM

Lo, The Witty Friedman (have you read Matt Taibbi's great stuff on him, btw?. I don't remember who said it, but, referring to what makes someone a lifelong socialist, a writer once remarked "To be a socialist you only need to be able to be shocked at injustice over and over and over, forever." Yup.

Posted by: Elayne at April 20, 2005 03:04 PM

Hm. It's a trick I'm still learning, as part of my political awakening, but it's interesting to take "Belgrade" in Friedman's quote and replace it with "Washington". Yes, very interesting.

Posted by: Aaron at April 20, 2005 06:32 PM

Just because you weren't elected pope, Jonathan, is no excuse to take it out on our Ms. Coulter.

Posted by: mk at April 20, 2005 10:10 PM

Oh, right, mk! I guess that's easy to say for people like you! People who are JUST JEALOUS!!!

*bursts into tears*

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 20, 2005 10:35 PM

*runs into room*

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 20, 2005 10:36 PM

*slams door*

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 20, 2005 10:37 PM

Tut, tut, dear Jonathan. There's sure to be another papacy around the corner. And, in the meantime, I'm sure Martha Stewart Living still wants you!

Posted by: mk at April 20, 2005 11:08 PM

I have seen the enemy, and it is a violent transexual.

Posted by: LamontCranston at April 21, 2005 01:52 AM

There was that time that some Canadian TV journo told the truth and shredded her in why can't there be more like that?

Posted by: En Ming Hee at April 21, 2005 06:36 AM

As continually shocked as I am at Ann Coulter and the Oklahoma Anniversary...

Dennis Perrin has some unpleasant but absolutely right things to say about Waco.

I don't know how to put a link in here, but if you look over to the left, under "Actual Friends"...

Posted by: Matthew Sullivan at April 21, 2005 08:55 AM

Wrong Jon,

No problem ever made less sense if seen under the proper lens, and for Ann it becomes clear that what she says makes sense when you realize she attends the Church of the Golden Calf...

Posted by: En Ming Hee at April 21, 2005 01:16 PM
"You are an instrument of the Devil and crucify America with your lies; you are the war-creating Whore of Babylon and would be damned were you not mercifully destined to be swallowed by Oblivion with all created things"
Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso
letter to the editor of Time magazine, 1959

Posted by: Juke Moran at April 21, 2005 11:58 PM

In another bout of useless trivia...

Lamont Crans[t]on? What's the Shadow doing on this website?

Posted by: Matthew Sullivan at April 22, 2005 07:09 AM


Nice historical fragment! I'd never heard that before.


What's the Shadow doing on this website? I think that's for him to know, and us to find out.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 22, 2005 11:43 AM